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Hello, I just joined this forum as a friend reccomended it. I have about a 2 month old 20 gallon long aquarium with mostly live plants and a few pastic ones I just lying around. I am running an aquaclear 30 with an intake sponge, along with an aquarium coop small sponge filter for some extra filtration.

Right now it is stocked with a betta, 6 rasbora hets, 4 panda cories, 3 amano shrimps, and a clown pleco.

I am going to move the clown pleco and rasboras to another tank, and am thinking about some new stocking options. I like the idea of 5 otos and 12 ember tetras, but im not sure if that would be too heavy, ideally I would like to add some more cories too.

Also looking for a good air pump if anyone has a reccomendation, the one of my sponge filter is pretty weak.

Thanks in advance,
Cameron
 

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Hey Cameron! Welcome to the forum!

How often and how large of water changes are you doing? Those will affect your total nitrate accummulation at any time (ex. 10% weekly water changes will necessitate keeping less fish than 50% weekly water changes, with 50% usually being considered the maximum size water change).

Personally, I'd beef up the panda cory numbers up to 8, add 8 ember tetras, and then evaluate where I'd be in terms of nitrate buildup in the tank.
 

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Stocking density can also be altered by good and dense plant growth, which will be dependent upon lighting (and nutrients...some of which will be provided by the livestock).
 
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